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Daniel 2 

J. Vernon McGee 

Pasadena, California 91109-7100 


Daniel 2 

There are two worldwide kingdoms ahead of us, and we 
may be closer to them than we think we are. The first will 
be the kingdom of Antichrist, set up by man's philosophy 
and man's psychology. It will deify human beings and 
attempt to prove that they can unite and bring about a 
world of order, peace and equality without God. 

Because God instituted moral absolutes to govern man, 
man claims that Utopia can come only through the 
rejection of these absolutes. It is this kingdom that the 
Lord Jesus will destroy at His coming. All of man's 
supposed superiority will lie in the ashes and dust of the 
fallen empires which will be leveled by the Stone that 
smashes the image and grinds it to powder. 


Gentiles have not done a very good job of running the 
world. We can see the beginning of this in the Book of 
Daniel, dating way back to around 600 B.C. You and I 
have moved down pretty close to the end of Gentile rule, 
to a day when the Lord Jesus Christ will come forward 
and take the scepter of world dominion back into His own 
hands. The story of the "times of the Gentiles" is 
remarkably told in the chapter before us. 

And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchad- 
nezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, 
wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep 
brake from him. 

Then the king commanded to call the magicians, 
and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the 
Chaldeans, for to show the king his dreams. So 
they came and stood before the king. 

And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a 
dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the 

Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriac, O 
king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and 
we will show the interpretation. 


The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The 
thing is gone from me...[Daniel 2:1-5]. 

Because of this translation, the impression has been given 
that the king had forgotten his dream and could not recall 
it That, of course, is not true. He did know what his 
dream was. What he said is better translated "The word is 
gone forth from me," or putting it another way, "The word 
from me is sure." The king recognized that his wise men 
were hedging, they were stalling for time. He said in 
effect, "I want you to know that the thing that I've said is 
sure, my decision is firm. I do not intend to tell you the 
dream; I intend for you to tell me the dream and its 
meaning." Of course he knew what his dream was. 

...If ye will not make known unto me the dream, 
with the interpretaton thereof, ye shall be cut in 
pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill. 

But if ye show the dream, and the interpretation 
thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards 
and great honour: therefore show me the dream, 
and the interpretation thereof. 

They answered again and said, Let the king tell his 
servants the dream, and we will show the 
interpretation of it. 

The king answered and said, I know of certainty 
that ye would gain the time, because ye see the 
thing is gone from me. 

But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, 
there is but one decree for you: for ye have 
prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before 
me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the 
dream, and I shall know that ye can show me the 
interpretation thereof [Daniel 2:5-9]. 

You will recall the story of how Daniel now intervenes 
and God gives to him the dream and the interpretation of 
it. I think that Daniel asked God to let him dream the 
dream so he would know exactly what it was and that God 
actually caused him to dream the dream. Then he gets an 
audience with King Nebuchadnezzar, and here is his 

Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. 
This great image, whose brightness was excellent, 
stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 

This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and 
his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 

His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 

Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without 
hands, which smote the image upon his feet that 
were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 

Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, 
and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became 
like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and 
the wind carried them away, that no place was 
found for them: and the stone that smote the image 
became a great mountain, and filled the whole 

This is the dream; and we will tell the inter- 
pretation thereof before the king. 

Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of 
heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and 
strength, and glory. 

And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the 
beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath 
he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler 
over them all. Thou art this head of gold. 


And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior 
to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which 
shall bear rule over all the earth. 

And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: 
forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and mbdueth 
all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall 
it break in pieces and bruise. 

And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of 
potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be 
divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of 
the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed 
with clay. 

And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and 
part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, 
and partly broken. 

And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry 
clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of 
men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even 
as iron is not mixed with clay. 

And in the days of these kings shall the God of 
heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be 
destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to 
other people, but it shall break in pieces and 
consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for 


Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut 
out of the mountain without hands, and that it 
brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the 
silver, and the gold; the great God hath made 
known to the king what shall come to pass 
hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the 
interpretation thereof is sure [Daniel 2:31-45], 

May I say at the outset that the subject before us about 
"the times of the Gentiles" is not an invention of a 
propagandist or a monger of sensationalism. The subject 
may sound sensational, but it is actually that which our 
Lord Himself gave. In the Gospel of Luke our Lord used 
that expression in language like this: 

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and 
shall be led away captive into all nations: and 
Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, 
until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled [Luke 
2 1:24 J. 

The "times of the Gentiles" happens to be a period of 
time that you can pinpoint. You can identify the 
beginning of it, and you can project the ending of 
it — which is still yonder in the future. There are other 
expressions used in Scripture that are not synonymous to 
this at all, and we need to be very careful. 


For instance, Paul spoke to the Roman Christians about 
Hat fullness of the Gentiles. 


For I would not, brethren, that ye should be 
ignorant of this mystery, test ye should be wise in 
your own conceits; that blindness in part is 
happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles 
be come in [Romans 11:25], 

Now the fullness of the Gentiles is that period when God 
is calling out from among the Gentiles a people to His 
name. In Acts 15 we read that James got up before the 
early church which was one hundred percent Jewish, and 
in substance he said to them, "Men and brethren, the 
prophets speak of the fact that God is going to take out of 
the Gentiles a people to His name. And after that, He will 
return and will build again the tabernacle of David which 
is fallen down. Then all the Gentiles will call upon 

Now that time which is labeled here "the fulness of the 
Gentiles" is the period in which you and I are now living. 
It will end with the Rapture of the church. 

Now you can see that the fullness of the Gentiles 

differs from the times of the Gentiles, although they run 
concurrently part of the way. The fullness of the Gentiles 
ends at the Rapture; the times of the Gentiles continues 
on until Christ returns to the earth to establish His 

You will notice that our Lord linked the times of the 
Gentiles with the city of Jerusalem. He said, 

...And Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the 
Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled 
[Luke 21:24]. 

In other words, the period that is labeled the times of the 
Gentiles is the period in which Jerusalem is trampled 
underfoot by the Gentiles. 

The beginning of the times of the Gentiles is something 
you can pinpoint in history. Actually, I do not think this is 
even a debatable point anymore in the study of prophecy. 
It began with Nebuchadnezzar. He is the first one to lay 
siege to Jerusalem and to destroy it after David had 
become king. 

Nebuchadnezzar's invasion was several hundred years 
after David's reign, but you'll notice that Egypt is not 


included in the dream of Nebuchadnezzar as one of the 
world empires, and yet Egypt had been a great world 

Neither was the Assyrian empire included, though 
Assyria did lay siege to Jerusalem around 700 B.C. Isaiah 
37 records God's deliverance of Judah, not permitting 
even one arrow of the Assyrian army to be shot into the 
city. God would not allow Assyria to take Jerusalem — He 
was holding them out to give His people a full 
opportunity to return to Him. 

You see, when David had been king over Israel, God 
had said to him, "I'm going to give you an everlasting 
kingdom." He also said to David, "It will be a worldwide 
kingdom, not just over Palestine but over this entire 
earth." And you will find that the psalmists picked up this 
promise and that the prophets repeatedly spoke of it For 
instance, let me direct your attention to only one 
Scripture, Isaiah 2:1-3, so you may see that this kingdom 
which the prophets talked about was not just confined to 
Palestine but that it was to be worldwide. 

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw 
concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall 
come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of 


the Lord's house shall be established in the top of 
the mountains, and shall be exalted above the 

The kingdom shall be established in the top of the 
"mountains," meaning earthly kingdoms, and shall be 
exalted above the "hills," referring to the little nations. 

„And all nations shall flow unto it And many 
people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up 
to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the 
God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways. . . . 

Now that prophecy can be multiplied, not only once, 
twice, or three times, but I believe that I could give you 
five hundred prophecies from the Old Testament 
concerning that kingdom which is yet to be established 
upon this earth — universal and everlasting. That kingdom 
was represented by the scepter of David, and God kept 
telling those who followed in David's line that if they 
continued in sin He would take that scepter away from 
them, away from them temporarily until the times of the 
Gentiles would be fulfilled. However, they did not listen 
to the prophets whom God sent to them, and our Lord 
Jesus reminded the Jews of His day of that fact. And so 
the day came when God took the scepter out of the hands 


of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and He placed it into the 
hands of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. He took the 
scepter of worldwide rulership and put it into Gentile 
hands. My friend, that was well over 2500 years ago, and 
that scepter today is still in the hands of the Gentiles. 

The scepter represents world rulership, if you please. 
And this man Nebuchadnezzar found himself, overnight, a 
world ruler. He had defeated Necho, king of Egypt, and 
then was warring yonder in the Delta of the Nile and was 
overcoming it — everything fell before him — when news 
came to him of the death of his father, Nabopolassar, 
which made this man Nebuchadnezzar the undisputed 
ruler of the world. Since he had overcome everything, a 
little tribal deity up in Judah by the name of Jehovah 
didn't amount to very much, he thought, so he could 
overcome there also. Who was to stand in his way? 

When Nebuchadnezzar returned to Babylon, he could 
look over that great city that boasted a civilization second 
to none. To this day we have not presented to the world a 
civilization any greater than the Babylonian. And there 
came a question into his mind and to his heart about the 
future: Here all of a sudden I find myself a world ruler. In 
my hand has been placed a scepter. It has come from 
somewhere. Who will it go to and what will happen to it? 


— 1 

What will be the final outcome? Do you know that after 
about 2500 or 3000 years of human history since 
Nebuchadnezzar, the world is still wondering about that? 
Well, we have the answer in this image. 

So God spoke to this king through a dream one night. 
He answered his questions to let him know the future and 
also to let him know that these despised people whom he 
had brought into captivity were still His chosen people. It 
would be one of them who would be the instrument to 
reveal to the king the vision and the interpretation of it. 

Now the man had a dream. It was a dream that he 
could certainly recall. Don't ever think for one moment 
that Nebuchadnezzar would have forgotten this dream! 
He saw an image, tremendous and awesome. God spoke 
to him in the kind of language he understood — Babylon 
was the very fountainhead of all idolatry. I suppose that 
Babylon had as many idolatrous images as Memphis in 
Egypt had. In fact, all idolatry can be traced back to the 
Tower of Babel and this city of Babylon. You can see that 
God communicated to him by way of an image, a 
language he understood. 

Nebuchadnezzar wondered about this great image that 
did nothing but just stand before him. There was no 


movement at all. It just stood there in its brightness — 
multicolored, polychrome, a multi-metallic image. He'd 
seen nothing like it. It was stupendous and awe inspiring. 
It was fierce in its countenance. It was that which would 
incite terror! 


The king wondered about it and was so troubled he 
summoned his cabinet — but he wanted to make sure he 
would get accurate information. I think he said to 
himself, I've been suspecting these wise men of getting 
free board here, they're just hangers on, they've just been 
giving me a lot ofmalarkey. I'm going to find out whether 
they're genuine or not When they came and stood before 
him, he said, "I had a dream, and I want you to know it's 
an important dream — you can be sure of that! I want you 
to tell me what the dream is, and then I want you to give 
me the interpretation of it." These wise men were the 
brain-trust of Babylon. Because they couldn't come up 
with the answer, do not think that these men did not 
represent the best brains of the day, for they did. They 
said, "We can tell you the interpretation if you'll tell us the 
dream, but we don't know what the dream is." 

And Nebuchadnezzar said, "You'll have to tell me the 
dream. Because I'm tremendously concerned about it, 111 
not know that your interpetation is valid unless you can 


tell me the dream/' 

For this cause the king was angry and very furious, 
and commanded to destroy all the wise men of 
Babylon [Daniel 2:12], 

This was Satan's effort, of course, to destroy Daniel 
because he had already become a conspicuous man, a man 
of purpose in that court. Daniel had been faithful to God, 
and the devil wanted to destroy him. 

When word is brought to Daniel that all of the wise 
men are to be destroyed unless the dream can be given, 
this man Daniel with real confidence and faith in God 
asks for an audience with the king. When he is ushered 
into Nebuchadnezzar's presence, he says, "Just give me 
time and we'll give you the interpretation." The king says, 
"All right, if you think you can do it, young man, I'll give 
you the opportunity. I admire your spunk. If you feel that 
you can bring forth the dream, I'll be willing to wait" So 
Daniel goes and calls his three friends together, and they 
have a prayer meeting. I'll bet you this is the greatest 
prayer meeting ever to be held in the city of Babylon. 
They pray fervently that night. They lay hold of God that 
night, and God gives to Daniel in a night vision the dream 
and the interpretation of it. Then Daniel asks for another 


audience with Nebuchadnezzar, and the captain of the 
guard quickly ushers him in to the king. Daniel says in 
substance to the king, Tm going to give you the dream 
and I'm going to give you the interpretation. But I want 
you to understand one thing: It's not because of anything 
in me. Don't you give me credit for it. I want you to 
know that there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets." 

By the way, I personally think that Nebuchadnezzar 
came to know that there is a God in heaven and became a 
converted man through this experience. I expect some 
day to meet him on Hallelujah Boulevard in heaven. 

Now Daniel describes the dream, "You saw in your 
dream a great image." The minute he says that, I think 
Nebuchadnezzar's eyes light up. He might have been 
skeptical at first as he looked down on this young man, 
He's rather presumptuous to think he can do a thing like 
this! But the minute Daniel said to him, "You saw in your 
dream a great image" I think Nebuchadnezzar moved to 
the edge of his throne and said, "Go on, young man. 
You're on the right track." 

Then Daniel continues, "You saw a great image of 
splendor. It was frightful to look upon. That image just 
stood there. It had a head of gold. It had chest and arms 



of silver. It had an abdomen and thighs of brass. It had 
legs of iron and feet of iron and miry clay." 

Nebuchadnezzar says, "You're right. That's what I saw. 
That was my dream." 

"And then you saw a stone cut out without hands. You 
saw it smite the image on the feet, and it pulverized it," 

"That's right. That's what happened." 

"Now I'll give you the interpretation of it." Daniel said 
first to him, "Thou, O king..,thou art this head of gold." 
Then in substance he said, "What you have just seen, 
Nebuchadnezzar, is what God is going to do in the latter 
days, and God has given you the entire briefing of future 
rule. He set before you the course of Gentile domination 
down to the very end of Gentile world history." 

Our Lord said, "...Jerusalem shall be trodden down of 
the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled" 
(Luke 21:24). For 2500 years the armies of these nations 
mentioned here and others have marched through 
Jerusalem. To me, one of the most thrilling tilings is this: 
When the United Nations made the Jewish population of 
Israel a nation, the Jews wanted above everything else the 


ancient city of Jerusalem. I held my breath when the 
United Nations was making that decision, and up to that 
time Russia and the United States hadn't agreed on 
anything in the United Nations, but they agreed they'd 
keep Jerusalem an international city. Jerusalem shall be 
trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the 
Gentiles be fulfilled. Over there today Jerusalem is not in 
the hands of the little nation of Israel. They have only the 
new city; the old city is in the hands of the Arabs. Inter- 
esting, isn't it, my beloved, when you have the Word of 
God before you which has made this so crystal clear. 

Now the kingdoms represented by the metals of the 
image are clearly identified. We do not have to speculate. 
Before we finish reading the Book of Daniel we find that 
God actually names the first three kingdoms: Babylon ; 
Media-Persia; Greece; and He so well describes the fourth 
kingdom as to leave no doubt that it is the Roman Empire. 

Now I'm not going into details concerning these 
empires other than to say that historically each empire has 
followed the other exactly as God said it would, each one 
becoming a litde stronger and a little larger than the other, 
but also each becoming a little inferior to the one that 
preceded it. 

This man Nebuchadnezzar was an absolute monarch in 

the Babylonian Empire. He never asked anybody, not 
even his wife, about anything. He never shared rulership 
with anyone. When this man said, "Peace," there was 
peace in the world because he said it. A little bird didn't 
even chirp without his permission. (But do you want that 
kind of peace?) 

After him came that oriental empire that dazzled the 
world, the Media-Persian Empire with all of its riches and 
oriental splendor. When Xerxes, lusting for power, 
moved toward the West, God stopped him at 
Thermopylae. The Greeks said the "gods" helped them 
there. But it wasn't gods (plural), it was singular — God 
did help the Greeks, in that He stopped the invading 
Media-Persian Empire. Three hundred ships were 
destroyed, and Xerxes lost a million men in that 

Then God took the scepter of world dominion out of 
the hand of oriental rulers and passed it to Greece, placing 
it in the hands of the young man, Alexander the Great, 
who in just a brief span of eleven years conquered the 
world. But Greece couldn't hold it. There was a division 
after the death of Alexander at thirty-two, and the empire 
was divided among his four generals. Then the scepter 
was passed to Rome, and Rome ruled. 


The Media-Persian Empire had ruled from the 
Hellespont to the coral strands of India, from the top of 
the Euphrates down to the Persian Gulf, but now Rome 
comes on the scene and conquers the then-known world. 
All the way from the rockbound coast of Scotland to the 
burning sands of the Sahara Desert, all the way from the 
Rock of Gibraltar to the Euphrates River, the great Roman 
Empire ruled. It is the fourth and the last. 

Now, my friend, although the boundaries widened, as 
you move down in history you see there is deterioration 
from one empire to the next empire. How different it is 
from man's outline of history! H. G. Wells wrote a book 
years ago entitled The Outline of History. He traced the 
history of man all the way up from the very beginning, 
from the Paleozoic to the Paleolithic to the Neolithic ages 
and up. It is onward and upward forever, bigger and 
better. That's the story of man according to H. G. Wells. 
But the interesting thing is, this man lived to see World 
War II, and before he died he said this: "The world has 
come to the end of its tether, and civilization has come to 
an end. We're standing on the brink, and well fall over 
one of these days." It doesn't sound like we're getting 
bigger and better. God said there would be no 

God said there would be deterioration, and there is 

deterioration in four different aspects, as graphically 
depicted by the image. First of all, there's deterioration in 
the worth of the metals. Gold is certainly more valuable 
than iron, and it's gold to silver to brass to iron and then to 

Then there's deterioration in position. Nebuchadnezzar 
was the head of gold, and certainly the head occupies a 
more honored position than the foot occupies. There is 
deterioration here according to the clear-cut statement of 
Scripture: "After thee shall arise another kingdom 
inferior to thee." God makes it clear that each one 
in succession was to be inferior to the other. 

Then there's something that Tregelles, the great Hebrew 
scholar, called attention to, and if you have studied 
chemistry — even one year of chemistry — you will 
recognize this: Even the specific gravity of these metals 
becomes less as you move down. All the way from the 
head of gold down to the feet of iron and clay there is 

Now there's something else that we must call to your 
attention here in conclusion which is very important. We 
are told that when Daniel appeared before king 
Nebuchadnezzar he said, 


But there is a God in heaven that reveateth secrets, 
and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar 
what shall be in the latter days, . . M [Daniel 2:28}. 

Note the expression "in the latter days," which has a very 
specific meaning. Those of you who are students of 
Scripture, and especially of prophecy, will recognize that 
it is an expression that occurs again and again in the Old 
Testament You ought never to confuse the last days of 
Israel with the last days of the church. They're not the 
same at all. And the mentioning of the last days of Israel 
began way back, long before the people became a nation. 
When old Jacob was on his deathbed he called his twelve 
boys to come around him, and he made a prophecy 
concerning them, and here's what we're told in Genesis 
49:1: "And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather 
yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall 
befall you in the last days" — the last days, in the latter 
times. You will find that the prophets all looked down the 
centuries to the last days. These last days concern the 
nation Israel. 

Now what are these last days, these latter times, that 
God is talking about? Well, the fourth kingdom takes 
place, of course, in the latter days. That fourth kingdom is 
Rome. Now, my friend, I want you to look at something 


that is without doubt one of the most amazing things in 
the prophetic Word. No man could have guessed like this. 
There are only four worldwide kingdoms represented by 
these four different metals. There is first of all the head of 
gold, specifically stated to be Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 
2:38, There are the chest and the arms of silver, clearly 
identified as Media-Persia, and the brass abdomen and 
thighs of Greece, the Graeco-Macedonian Empire. Then 
there are the legs of iron with feet of iron and clay, the 
Roman Empire, and there are no more kingdoms after 
that. Rome is the last worldwide kingdom. 

Now will you notice, Rome came to a dissolution about 
the fourth century a.d. It was in the fifth century that the 
barbarian hordes poured into the Roman Empire, and my 
ancestors and maybe yours were in those barbarian 
hordes. It's awful to think that you and I had barbarian 
ancestors, but we did. The barbarians poured into that 
empire. It fell apart because it was rotten to the core. It 
was a dictatorship, the like of which the world had never 
seen. Edward Gibbon, in his Rise and Fall of the Roman 
Empire, has written: 

The empire of the Romans filled the world, and when 
the empire fell into the hands of a single person, the 
world became a safe and dreary prison for his 


enemies. To resist was fatal and it was impossible to 


Robert Culver who more recently has written a brilliant 
book on Daniel says, 

Two millennia ago, Rome gave the world the 
ecumenical unity which the League of Nations and 
the United Nations organizations have sought to 
revive in our time. The modern attempts are not 
original at all (as many of our contemporaries 
suppose), but are revivals of the ancient Roman ideal 
which never since the time of Augustus Caesar has 
been wholly lost. 

Rome did not end. Rome fell apart, that's all, just came 
loose at the seams. It never died. Rome lived on and 
Rome lives today in the broken fragments of many 
countries of Western Europe. Isn't it interesting that when 
Rome fell apart the barbarian hordes poured in? Attila the 
Hun sacked Rome, then looked about and was so 
awestruck by what he saw and realized he could not 
handle, that he took his army and left the city. There arose 
no fifth empire, and there hasn't for 1500 years 
been a world empire. That's something to think about. 

In the seventh century, out of the East came the Arab 

hordes — they came from both East and West under the 
crescent — Moslems* if you please, fanatics to the core and 
with a sword to convert the world They almost destroyed 
the civilization of Western Europe at that time, what little 
there was. But they built no empire. The crescent of the 
Moslems was lifted over Constantinople, the capital of the 
eastern branch of the Roman Empire, and you would have 
expected one of the caliphs to ascend the throne of the 
Caesars, but none ascended it. 

Tartars and Turks moved through Asia. Genghis Khan, 
Suleiman the Great — neither of them became a world 
ruler. Napoleon tried it, and on his way to Warsaw God 
stopped him with the weakest thing in the world, a 
snowflake. Bismarck, the iron chancellor of Germany, 
tried to put Western Europe together and revive the 
Roman Empire. He failed. William Hohenzollern tried, 
Hitler tried, and Mussolini tried. All failed. 

I say to you, my beloved, there have been only four 
empires, and for 1500 years the nations of Europe have 
been at each other's throats. There has been warring back 
and forth among those nations that composed the Roman 
Empire, and as of this writing the revived Roman Empire 
is somewhere down in the feet of the image where there 
are ten toes. 


Now don't attempt to identify the nations represented 
by the toes, I can't; no one can yet. But they will fall into 
place after the church is removed at the Rapture. I have a 
friend who is always trying to locate which is which, and I 
like to kid him about it and say, "You remind me of going 
into the nursery and playing with a little baby's toes — this 
little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed 
home...." Although we cannot identify the nations that 
will compose the revived Roman Empire, at this point we 
are somewhere down in the time of the feet of the image. 
Notice again that there will be division. At the beginning 
there are two legs of iron and now there are ten toes 
representing division of empire. And they are made of 
clay and iron, the clay denoting weakness and iron 
denoting strength. You and I know that in Europe there 
are both today. 

Do you know what Western Europe is waiting for at 
this hour? It waits for a man big enough and strong 
enough to come along and put Western Europe back 
together again, and they are making progress. Europe 
feels itself caught between two colossi, two great 
juggernauts — Russia on one side, the United States on the 
other — and the little nations of Europe are now wanting to 
get together. They've already come together; they have 
the Common Market. No longer do you have difficulty 


crossing over from Germany to France and from one 
country to another. Someone who had been in Europe 
this summer was telling me that it was just like going 
from one state to the other, lots easier than coming into 
California — nobody looks in your suitcase! They're 
breaking down the barriers* A brilliant young German 
said not long ago, "We are European" Will that be the 
name of the new nation that will come out of this? 
Western Europe will come back together, and we're told 
in the Word of God that this last empire will be headed up 
by the Antichrist, for he alone will bring it back together 
again. And he will accomplish it in the last days. 

This will end the times of the Gentiles, for when it 
comes back together it will defy God again. Remember, 
this is the empire that crucified our Lord Jesus on the 
cross. This empire in the days of Caesar Augustus sent 
out a decree that the whole world should be taxed. Boy! 
That sounds familiar, doesn't it? Mary had to go down 
from Nazareth to Bethlehem, because she was of the 
house and lineage of David, in order to enroll for the 
taxation made by Rome. And Rome will defy our Lord; 
Rome again will seek to destroy Him. Then He will come 
forth, and this time — it is His second coming that's before 
us — He is represented by the stone, the smiting stone. 
Daniel continues, 

Thou saw est till that a stone was cut out without 
hands, which smote the image upon his feet that 
were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 
Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, 
and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became 
like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and 
the wind carried them away, that no place was 
found for them: and the stone that smote the image 
became a great mountain, and filled the whole 
earth [Daniel 2:34, 35], 

Nebuchadnezzar beheld the image in awe and wonder. 
The stone, coming from beyond the environs of the image 
and without human origin or motivation, smote the image 
on the feet of iron and clay with such force that all the 
metals were pulverized. And a wind blew the dust of the 
image away, so that it entirely disappeared. Then the 
stone began to grow as a living stone, and it filled the 
whole world, taking the place of this image. 

My friend, you and I are living in a world where men in 
the religious community have been saying for years that 
the church is going to convert the world, that the kingdom 
of God will be established by human effort. The Bible 
has been saying the contrary. When God is ready to set 
up His Kingdom, He won't need help from any church! 


This age in which we live will not end with a converted 
world. This age is to end by the catastrophic and 
cataclysmic coming of Jesus Christ to this earth to put 
down Gentile misrule and to take for Himself the scepter 
of world dominion* He is the smiting Stone of 

The reason that Stone has not struck is because the last 
part of the prophecy has not quite yet been fulfilled. 
Antichrist is yet to appear, but God is holding him back. 
Europe is crying out for him. If any man will appear in 
Europe who can put the countries of the Roman Empire 
back together again, they'll not ask and they won't care 
whether he comes from heaven or hell. They'll take him 
if he will just promise to bring them together and give 
them a measure of peace, for that is exactly what the 
Antichrist will promise and accomplish for a brief time 
when he comes. But there's no real peace for this earth 
until Jesus comes. 

In the meantime in patience our Lord is dealing with 
this world, and in mercy He's holding back the judgment. 
On an occasion when the Lord Jesus confronted the 
Pharisees, He said, 

Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God 


shall be taken from you, and given to a nation 
bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever 
shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on 
whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder 
[Matthew 21:43,44]. 

My friend, if you fall upon this Stone, you can obtain 
mercy and you can be saved. 

The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all 
things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son 
hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the 
Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth 
on him [John 3:35, 36]. 

You and I have moved down pretty close to the end of 
the age, to a day coming when the Lord Jesus will come 
forward and take that scepter back into His own hands. 
And, friend, there will never be peace on this earth until 
that scepter is held by nail-pierced hands, until Jesus 
Christ rules on this earth. It's not until then that peace and 
righteousness will cover this earth as the waters cover the 
sea. That is the hope of the earth. 


COVER is the art of John Whorrail, 
pastor of University Bible Church in Los 
Angeles and valued friend of Thru the 
Bible Radio Network,